Jul
29
2014
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Ford Plans To Replace BlackBerries With iPhones Beginning This Year

new-it-hero Ford is going to start switching its employees over to iPhone, beginning with moving 3,300 staffers from BlackBerry devices to iPhones by the end of the year. Over the course of the next two years, approximately 6,000 employees will get iPhones, replacing their existing flip phones, but ultimately the goal is to get everyone on Apple’s iPhone platform, a Ford spokesperson told Bloomberg. Read More

Jul
29
2014
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BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

BlackBerry Bold In a move that makes a lot of sense, BlackBerry bought Secusmart today, a German firm that makes voice encryption chips for Blackberries and other mobile phones. Unfortunately, the deal is probably much too late to matter.
The companies have worked closely in the past, so it’s probably not surprising that BlackBerry chose to pull the trigger and purchase them. Secusmart is used by… Read More

Jul
21
2014
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BlackBerry Names New COO, Marty Beard, ex-CEO Of Enterprise Cloud Startup LiveOps

blackberry On the heels of news that Apple would be significantly ramping up its mobile enterprise push in a partnership with IBM, BlackBerry is also looking to step up its game. Today, the company announced that it is appointing a new COO, Marty Beard. This is a poach from the ranks of enterprise startups, but also an example of BlackBerry’s CEO bringing in people he already knows: Beard… Read More

Jul
07
2014
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BlackBerry Explains The Passport, Its Square Tablet… Phone Thing

blackberry-passport-spreadsheet-productivity BlackBerry previously gave us a sneak peek at a device that’s as category-busting as the revolutionary Padfone, called the Passport. I expressed my …uncertainty regarding the wisdom of the design decisions made in creating this 4.5-inch square thing with a hardware keyboard then. But now it’s BlackBerry’s turn to articulate some of its reasoning behind the Passport, with… Read More

Jun
19
2014
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The BlackBerry Passport Is A Phablet With A Hardware Keyboard That Makes No Sense Whatsoever

blackberry-passport Just when you think you might have figured out what BlackBerry is up to (a strong push in enterprise services and emerging markets like the Internet of Things) they go and do something like the BlackBerry Passport.
The device broke cover today (via MobileSyrup) during the Canadian smartphone maker’s earnings call, and it’s set to be launched in September this year, following an… Read More

May
21
2014
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BlackBerry Reveals Project Ion, Its QNX-Powered Effort To Underpin The Internet Of Things

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 2.04.31 PM BlackBerry is mostly discussed in terms of its slow decline in the global smartphone market, which it once pioneered. But it acquired QNX in 2010, and that would provide the basis not only for its BlackBerry 10 smartphone operating system, but also for the platform underlying a huge percentage of in-car infotainment systems. BlackBerry envisioned QNX extending to a still-wider range of… Read More

Apr
15
2014
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BlackBerry Buys Stake In U.S. Healthcare IT Firm As It Shifts Focus To Niche Markets

blackberryq10 BlackBerry has bought a minority stake in privately held U.S. healthcare IT firm NantHealth. The two companies told Reuters they are working together to develop a new smartphone tailored to the needs of the healthcare sector — with a launch pegged for late 2014 or early 2015, according to Jim Mackey, BlackBerry’s head of corporate development and strategic planning, speaking in an interview with… Read More

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